The City Council will wrap up it’s 2017 term this week and it will signal the end for two sitting Councilors.
Three-term District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou and two term Councilor-at-Large Michael Gaffney both decided to not seek re-election this year and Tuesday’s meeting will be their last as city representatives.
“I don’t expect this to be the end of Tony’s contributions to Worcester as a public servant,” District 3 City Councilor George Russell said of his soon-to-be former colleague.
Economou was a very popular member of the City Council and served as the Chairperson for the Standing Committee on Economic Development.
Economou didn’t seek reelection because he wanted to spend time with his family. He was seen at many baseball parks around the city this summer watching his son play.
“Councilor Economou is a dedicated and dependable member of the City Council. He proudly represented his constituents in District One as well as all city residents as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Economic Development. I thank Tony for his service to the City of Worcester and I will personally miss his leadership on the Council,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. in an email to TWIW.
Taking his place will be political new comer Sean Rose who beat out Ed Moynihan to win the District 1 seat in the November municipal election.
“Working cooperatively with Tony Economou during the past few years has been a pleasure,” current District 5 City Councilor and new Councilor-at-Large elect Gary Rosen said in email.
“Always a gentleman, Tony is a capable, caring and responsive city councilor. As required of a district councilor, he has always provided quality service to his constituents.”
The council usually honors outgoing members at the beginning of the last meeting and this trend should continue.
With that said, will they be honoring two councilors or one? Councilor Gaffney has been to only two meetings since dropping out of the race on Oct. 16.
When asked if he would attend his last meeting, Gaffney respectfully declined comment.
“I also wish Councilor Gaffney well in whatever he is doing, wherever he is,” Russell said.
2018 Meeting Schedule
Mayor Joseph M. Petty has set the schedule for the 2018 city council meetings. The proposed schedule can be found here.
The Inaugural Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Details for the event are not yet available. The first meeting of the City Council will be held on Jan. 9.
Each meeting will start at 7 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall, with the exception of July and August when the meetings will begin at 6 PM.
Tuesday’s meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.